All-Okinawa Kaigi delegation departs for US to campaign against new base issue in Henoko

All-Okinawa Kaigi delegation departs for US to campaign against new base issue in Henoko

Prior to departure for the United States, the All-Okinawa Kaigi delegation's supporters boosted their morale at Naha Airport on August 16


August 17, 2017Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A delegation of the All-Okinawa Kaigi (All-Okinawa Coalition) departed from Naha for the United States to raise awareness about the current situation regarding the construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago.

It is the second time the All-Okinawa Kaigi has sent a delegation to the U.S.

The head of the delegation and an Upper House member Yoichi Iha said, “We want to tell people about a situation in which Okinawa has been oppressed by the U.S. military for 72 years following the war.”

The All Okinawa Kaigi’s co-representative and the Kanehide Group chairman Morimasa Goya showed their support for members of the delegation at a departure ceremony held in Naha Airport on the morning of August 16.

Goya said, “We will have to keep working to stop the construction of the new Henoko base and to make Okinawa a more peaceful island.”

During the visit from August 17 to 22, the delegation members will take part in APALA (Asia-Pacific American Worker Association) ‘s 14th Biennial Convention and 25th Anniversary Celebration and will have an exhibition booth at the venue to inform people about  the current situation in Okinawa.

They will also meet with the UN Special Rapporteur Professor David Kaye and members of the House of Representatives.

(English translation by T&CT)

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